SHILLONG, Feb 06: The sitting legislator from West Shillong constituency, Paul Lyngdoh has opined that businessmen will always keep their business interests ahead of the interests of the people of the state while maintaining that this is the danger when businessmen try to capture political power.
“When their business interests comes into conflict with interests of the people of Meghalaya they will obviously prefer to safeguard their own business interests so the interests of Meghalaya will be in great danger,” Lyngdoh said after filing his nomination papers for the upcoming Assembly elections here on Tuesday.
Lyngdoh also expressed his commitment to combat what he termed as the 3 – Cs namely criminalization of politics, cash power and cartelization of politics.
“It is these three that we are going to defeat on March 3 (counting day) because these are the immediate dangers when you have business sharks trying to capture political power,” he said.
Lyngdoh also said that it is time for religious bodies to come out more vigorously against this trend which is going to halt the development of Meghalaya. “This trend is also going to ensure that participatory democracy will be diluted because the biggest participants will be only those who have a share in the pie,” he added.
“It is time that we choose candidates on the basis of three E’s – experience, education and ethics and once we do that the rest will take care of itself,” he stated.
“I have done it where I have defeated a major business empire in the past and we are going to do it again to prove our point,” Lyngdoh said.
“I am confident that the people of the constituency will repose their faith in me once again. Now my only concern is to figure out what would be the margin of our victory,” he said.
Recently Congress nominee from the constituency Mohendro Rapsang had claimed that he would defeat the Lyngdoh by a margin of over 3,000 votes during the upcoming February 27-Assembly polls.
Rubbishing this, Lyngdoh who is also a leader of the United Democratic Party (UDP) said that even candidates who will forfeit their security deposit will claim that they are winning.
“I am not claiming that I am winning but this I know for sure I don’t even have a worthy opponent because when I speak of a worthy opponent I speak of somebody who has experience, education and ethics,” he said.
Lyngdoh had defeated Rapsang in the last 2013 election by a thin margin of only 481 votes.
“Winning is a foregone conclusion. You can see for yourself you can feel it in the air, we are winning the seat and it is just a matter of margins which you and I can bet on the figures,” a confident Lyngdoh said.
Spelling out his priorities, Lyngdoh said that these will be three E’s – economy, education and environment. “These are the three concerns that I would like to take up very seriously in the next term,” he added.